The Hill Country is a region of the state of Texas in the United States of America. It has some of the most interesting history of the state. The cities here date to Spanish and Mexican days, with many beautiful Spanish missions dotting the area. The terrain is hilly and dry, cut by spring-fed rivers, with the beautiful Texas live oak providing occasional shade.
- Austin, capital of the state with plenty of things to keep a traveler interested. Gateway into the Hill Country.
- San Antonio, southern gateway into the Hill Country with a ton of historic and tourist attractions.
- Fredericksburg, about 1.5 hours west of Austin and 1 hour north of San Antonio.
- Stonewall, about 15 miles East of Fredericksburg on Highway 290.
- San Marcos, about half an hour south of Austin.
- New Braunfels, about one and a half hours south of Austin.
- Kerrville, the Heart of the Hills. One hour northwest of San Antonio on Interstate 10.
- Bandera, self-proclaimed "cowboy capital" on Hwy 16.
- Luckenbach, very small town known for legend in music.
- Burnet, Nestled at the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country about 50 miles northwest of Austin, in the Highland Lakes.
- Kyle, a quiet city primarily full of commercial and retail malls.
- Wimberley, beautiful small town in the Hill Country only 25 minutes southwest of Austin, 30 minutes northwest of New Braunfels and 45 minutes Northwest of San Antonio on Ranch Road 12.
- Bastrop State Park, 3005 TX-21, Bastrop, +1 512 321-2101, . Has camping (dormitories and shelters are available by reservation), a swimming pool, golf, fishing, and bike trails. Full shower and restroom facilities are on site.
- Pedernales Falls State Park, 2585 Park Road 6026 , Johnson City, +1 830 868-7304, . Offers picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming, tubing, fishing, and bird watching.
- Hill Country State Natural Area, 10600 Bandera Creek Rd, Bandera, TX, +1 830 796-4413, . A rugged park that offers wilderness, hiking, biking, and horseback riding, camping, swimming, and fishing. It is a primitive park with no amenities provided - no drinking water or restroom facilities.
- Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 16710 Ranch Road 965, Fredericksburg, +1 325 247-3903, . A huge park on Big Sandy creek near Enchanted Rock. Activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, birdwatching, stargazing, rock climbing, and geography research. Restroom and shower facilities are available for a fee.
- Garner State Park, 234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, +1 830 232-6132, . In the heart of the Texas Hill Country north of Uvalde; offers camping, river activities, picnicking, hiking. In the high season (summer), a concessionaire serves meals and offers groceries, rentals, dancing, and miniature golf.
- Guadalupe River State Park, 3350 Park Road 31, Spring Branch, +1 830 438-2656, . Located in between New Braunfels and Boerne this park includes 4 miles of river frontage at a particularly attractive section of the river above Canyon Lake. There are a number of great swimming spots and some hiking trails that lead through some beautiful and rugged hill country. Keep an eye out and you might spot white-tailed deer, coyotes, armadillos, or even a rare golden-cheeked warbler. Camping is available (make reservations using the website).
- Lost Maples State Natural Area, 37221 Ranch Road 187, Vanderpool, +1 830 966-3413, . Located in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio, this park is known in the fall for having some of the best fall foliage in Texas. They also have hiking trails and campsites that are available. Fall colors usually peak in early November, and reservations are necessary that time of year for overnight stays.
The Texas Hill Country is an area around Edwards Aquifer that demonstrates karst topography and a wide range of wildlife. It was originally settled by Mexican and German immigrants, and a visitor will note the distinct influence of both cultures in the local life. Most cities and towns are small, there are many parks and open areas, and an endless list of local experiences.
This area of Texas has many rivers, lakes and creeks with clear, often deep flowing water. Rivers such as the Guadalupe in New Braunfels and surrounding areas, the Comal River in New Braunfels, the Frio River in Concan and the Blanco River in Wimberley are popular areas for tubing, swimming, fishing and kayaking. Some of the best swimming holes in the state are located in the Texas Hill Country as well.
The easiest access to the area from a distance is through Austin's Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)  or through San Antonio's "San Antonio International Airport (SAT) . The most practical means of travel from the airport is by car. Travel by road from other major cities in Texas is also easy. From Houston, take US290 north to Austin (3 hours) or IH-10 west to San Antonio (3 hours). From Dallas, take IH-35 south to Austin (3and 1/2 hours).
Public transportation is not available between most destinations. Bus and airport service is similarly sparse. The tourist's best option is to bring their own car or rent one at the airport. The many small scenic highways in this area also make motorcycling and bicycle riding very popular.
- Schlitterbahn, a water park in New Braunfels.
- See an Austin Toros basketball game or a Texas Stars hockey game in the Cedar Park Center.
- German headcheese, produced in South Texas, is nothing like the standard American kind - it contains chunks of meat rather than fat and offal. It's available at supermarkets only in the Hill Country and surrounding areas.
The Austin area of Texas is very liberal and considered nationally as LGBTQ friendly. The Texas Hill Country is the top travel destinations in the state and most businesses and small towns are full of wonderful people. Violence in most small towns against any group is rare. Gay couples are not met with violence by local citizens or police on a regular basis.
Because of the flooding potential on rivers, lakes and creeks in this area it is advisable to keep weather apps updated with your current location, keep an eye on local weather reports, and never cross bridges during times of high water.